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Simple Reality – Intro

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This blog is a meditation on the nature of reality and responds to The Three Great Questions: Where am I? Who am I? and Why am I here? It is a tapestry of Oneness in which every thread is interwoven … Continue reading

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Solitude

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Solitude is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:             S + S + S = S             … Continue reading

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Simplicity

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 Simplicity is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:         S + S + S = S                 … Continue reading

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Silence

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Silence is one of the three elements of the formula for how a life centered in P-A is lived. That formula is:             S + S + S = S             … Continue reading

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SIN (Self-Imposed Nonsense)

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For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 “The Greek word that we translate as ‘sin’ is amortano. This, as Maurice Nichol has pointed out in his book The … Continue reading

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Shame

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“‘Now what we blush about may be a product of our rearing,’ says physician philosopher Leon R. Kass, ‘but that we are embarrassed and feel shame means that we have a kind of innate concern with looking good to ourselves.’”  … Continue reading

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Shadow, The

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One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Carl Jung We can readily see that Jung’s definition of how to acquire a healthy human identity is in perfect alignment with the Simple … Continue reading

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Sexuality

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This very short riff on sexuality is meant to be nothing more than thought-provoking because a comprehensive treatment of the metaphysics of sexuality would be too lengthy for this encyclopedia. There are not many topics of conversation that would expose … Continue reading

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Senses

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By hearing, one will only learn half truths. Eastern aphorism Since the object of the senses, which is form, including thoughts, has no ultimate reality (is an illusion) and therefore beyond conventional thought and expression, we would best turn to … Continue reading

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Self

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Ego is the self-consciousness which arises when the mental organ identifies itself with the body. The interwoven elements of the tapestry of the self are mutually interdependent and interrelated and a reciprocating dynamic has them all swirling about in an … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance

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We forge the chain and we alone can break it. Vivekananda First we want to distinguish Self-reliance from self-reliance. The former is reliance on the True Self in a context of P-A. It is an acknowledgment of Oneness, the non-dual … Continue reading

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Self-Realization

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The millions are awake enough for physical labor, but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertions, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. … Continue reading

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Self-Esteem

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We will let Nathaniel Brandon, the father of the concept of self-esteem have the floor in this short article. Self-esteem, as we shall see, transcends the science of psychology. Brandon was atypical in his professional discipline in realizing that “self-esteem … Continue reading

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Secret, The Great

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Obscured within the many illusions of P-B is a most marvelous truth which is one of the keys that will unlock the door to the present moment. Where are the answers to the many questions that will reveal the truth … Continue reading

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Scientific Materialism

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Buddha’s fundamental insight was that suffering is caused by craving and aversion, hence we would not want to live in a community that focused on the creation of insatiable desire. Brian Swimme was told in a conversation with an advertising … Continue reading

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Science

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Even if all our scientific questions are answered, our problem is still not touched at all. Ludwig Wittgenstein The shift to Paradigm-A (P-A) requires the redefinition of reality itself as the old reality is transcended and old beliefs, attitudes and … Continue reading

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Schism

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The word schism is often used in a context of conflict or disharmony.  Some schisms or “splits” are profound as in the split between homo sapiens and nature, or between religions or sects within religions.  Belief in the other promotes … Continue reading

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Salvation

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This, then is salvation: When you marvel at the beauty of created things and praise their beautiful Creator. Meister Eckhart      ____________________________________________________________ References and notes are available for all articles. Also find a much more in-depth discussion of Simple … Continue reading

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Saints and Sinners

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Saints and sinners have never existed except in a P-B dictionary. “A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.” Interceding from where and when? In heaven, of … Continue reading

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Romanticism

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As Rilke observed, companionship is “the strengthening of two solitudes.”     Romanticism is an artistic and intellectual movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed strong emotion, imagination, freedom from classical correctness in art forms, and rebellion against social … Continue reading

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Right View

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In the process of attaining an experience of Simple Reality what is the significance of “right view” (which is one of the precepts in the Buddha’s Eightfold Path)? “While belief per se tends not to be a central concern for … Continue reading

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Revolution

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That change that we call revolution is “relative” change in that it occurs within the context of P-B and hence has all the characteristics and limitations of that unconscious and unsustainable narrative. For example, let’s take the women’s movement. After … Continue reading

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Resurrection

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Transcending the common religious interpretation of Jesus’ resurrection it can be seen as the death of the P-B identity and the rebirth within a P-A narrative where death is seen as an illusion. Joseph Campbell puts it this way: “[If] … Continue reading

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Response and Reaction

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For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. St Paul, Romans 7:15 Let’s begin with a look at what’s involved with reaction. In psychological terms “reaction” is called physiological stress response (fight … Continue reading

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Religion

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Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Kahlil Gibran A dictionary definition of religion is a good place to start in our exploration of the relationship between religion and human behavior because it would be how most people … Continue reading

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Related Pairs

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Humanity needs to engage in a profound dialogue as to the nature of reality. To do so within the old context (P-B) with the old language and with intuition being subordinate to intellect would be a waste of time. What … Continue reading

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Reincarnation

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In this article we will chart a path from illusion to Simple Reality, from P-B to P-A. The contrast between what many of us believe regarding reincarnation (if we believe anything about it) and where we end our journey will … Continue reading

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Reductionism

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Charles Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution” will not fare well in this article; but first a short anecdote. In 1954 Jacquetta Hawkes, in a book called Man on Earth, supported the controversial idea that evolution of life on Earth was not … Continue reading

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Reality and Illusion

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The first “reality” from a Buddhist perspective is suffering. Suffering arises with the sensations and our reactions to them. If we don’t react but instead “respond” then we do not have suffering.  Being “present” to our experience allows us to … Continue reading

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Reality

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We are so sure of illusion, of unhappiness, anger, depression, and fear, but doubt the reality of compassion, joy, happiness, freedom, and peace of mind. Roy Charles Henry This article for some may be the most challenging in our ABC’s … Continue reading

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Race

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Race is a label associated with the illusion of the other in P-B which has no existence in the reality of P-A. David Chandler in an article in the Boston Globe affirms this point of view in writing that, “Race … Continue reading

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Psychology

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We are not victims of the world we see, we are victims of the way we see the world. Shirley MacLaine It is a dark picture, this human condition, and compassionate psychologists and psychiatrists have done their best over the … Continue reading

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Prophets

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We loved Jesus, Socrates and Gandhi—after we murdered them. While they were alive, they were a tremendous pain in the ass. Robert Kegan Humanity from the beginning of our story has ignored its prophets and returned to the self-destructive distractions … Continue reading

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Propaganda

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The Simple Reality Project involves a search for truth, a commodity in short supply in the human community today. Propaganda is material disseminated by the advocates of a doctrine. The truth is not propaganda but it instead involves, distinguishing reality … Continue reading

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Projection

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This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeits of our own behavior—we make guilty of our own disasters, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Shakespeare, King Lear The paradox inherent in Simple … Continue reading

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Present Moment

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The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started and to know the place for the first time. T.S. Elliot I would paraphrase Eliot’s line of poetry to be consistent with a deeper understanding of what … Continue reading

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Precepts

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A precept is a rule or principle designed to regulate human behavior. Precepts found in religious doctrine are usually stated in a negative way or in other words they generally tell us what not to do. For example, here are … Continue reading

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Prayer

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You shouldn’t be prayin’ when it’s rainin’ if you ain’t prayin’ when the sun is shinin’ Satchel Paige Prayer, like religion, if practiced in the context of P-B (as a reaction), is an expression of our false-self identity. Prayer, in … Continue reading

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Power

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The power we think we attain when striving to assuage the needs of the power center of the false self is illusory. One cannot control people or events and the attempt to do so leads only to strengthening the false … Continue reading

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Point of Power Practice

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He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit; than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16: 32 Human beings are very reactive creatures seemingly at the mercy of their psychological conditioning. … Continue reading

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Phenomena

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The pursuit of phenomena that seem to have a special significance in the process of Self-realization must always be done in a profound context or they will in themselves be used as any unhealthy behavior is used, that is, to … Continue reading

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Persona

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The persona is the role that a person assumes in order to display his conscious intentions to himself and to others.   “[It] comes from the Latin per+sona, meaning ‘to sound through.’ The persona were the large wooden masks worn by … Continue reading

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Perfection

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We cannot go where God is not, and where God is, all is well. Anonymous Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matt. 5:48 Understanding the metaphorical nature of Biblical poetry, God, the … Continue reading

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Perennial Philosophy

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The term “perennial philosophy” was coined by Leibniz and made famous by Aldous Huxley. The content of the great religions includes both the imminent and the transcendent. The transcendent aspect refers to the “non-duality” of ultimate reality (P-A). The absolute … Continue reading

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Peak Experience

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Epiphany, a synonym for peak experience, first appears in the work of Herodotus, Greek historian of the fifth century BCE, and means “the coming to light” or “appearing of gods.” The psychologist Abraham Maslow used peak experience to describe what … Continue reading

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Peace

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Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I you. John 14: 27 Peace cannot be found in “the world,” that is to say, in P-B. Whether we are speaking of … Continue reading

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Patience

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What is the value of living in the present moment? There are many. For example, one quality found among those whose worldview is Oneness, would be patience. “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait … Continue reading

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Parenthood

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Advice for good parenting in P-B could sound something like this: “To put the child before self requires discipline and patience and generosity, and if one believes these attributes are a natural outgrowth of love, one misunderstands love. Feelings for … Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift

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‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Tennyson The power of P-B cannot be underestimated. It mesmerizes even those who might think that they have escaped its influence. Every existing institution and system of thought in the global … Continue reading

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Paradigm B

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History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.  Stephan Dedalus in James Joyce’s Ulysses Paradigm B (P-B) is the nightmare that we all live every day. It is the life that we have chosen albeit unconsciously by … Continue reading

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